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This section presents a list of abbreviation that occur in the book titled Method in Unit Delimitation . In earlier meetings of the Pericope group several participants have urged for a more systematic concentration of research on one particular manuscript because they felt that paragraphing was an impressionistic affair, not strictly controlled by an authoritative tradition. Of course these colleagues admitted that the rabbis aimed at such uniformity since at least the third century BCE, but since it has been demonstrated that they were only partly successful in suppressing the relative freedom with regard to paragraphing which the pre-Masoretic scribes of the scrolls of the Judean Desert seemed to have enjoyed, paragraphing was assumed to be one area in which to some extent the scribes of biblical manuscripts were tacitly allowed to follow their own subjective judgment, even though the Halakhah forbade this.

Keywords: biblical manuscripts; Halakhah; Judean Desert; Pericope group; pre-Masoretic scribes; unit delimitation



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